Franchises

The Invitations to Tender for the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises are now available on the DfT web site. In this section we highlight some of the benefits to passenger expected from April 2016.

Introduction

How the franchising process works and the next steps now that the Invitations to Tender have been published.

When will all this happen?

The timeline of events, from the Secretary of State's decision to the start of the new franchises.